Teacher workloads are immense. Between planning engaging lessons to meet student needs and staying up to date with the latest technology, teachers are in dire need of support.
The recent 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Educator Confidence Report highlights some of the teacher needs surrounding professional development and educational technology.
“Among the largest barriers to effective education technology integration are lack of time to plan for implementation of digital resources into instruction (46%), a shortage of devices in the classroom (40%), and lack of access to technology-focused professional development (48%).”
Digital resources are plentiful. A teacher might sit down to lesson plan and visit a site like https://www.oercommons.org/. Some materials are curated, but teachers still need to filter and search by subject, standard, and grade level. Then the teacher must review the resource to ensure it maps to the lesson objective and is appropriate for the age group.
Correlating freely available digital resources to a district curriculum map takes time.
What if you had a way to save teachers time and provide students with engaging, appropriate, freely available digital resources mapped to learning objectives and grade levels?
A Pass educational group offers digital-resource correlations that are customized for schools or school districts. The district provides the resource map to A Pass, and a set of trained associates with teaching experience gets to work. These associates compile a curriculum map with links to reference materials, videos, lesson plans, instructional games, assessments, and countless other types of digital resources. A Pass maintains the list and replaces broken links at regular intervals.
Sample Digital Resource Correlation
A correlation package includes 180 URLs mapped to a school district’s curriculum map. The same resources can be used across an entire school district. A Pass maintains the links by reviewing them to make sure they still work and replacing broken links for an agreed-upon time.
Imagine how much easier this makes lesson planning for teachers. They simply open the digital-resource map and then get to work with planning lesson delivery and differentiation. Instead of spending an hour each day planning which resources to use, teachers can really dig into creative ways to group students, assess learning, and plan for reteaching and extension activities.
Watch our new explainer video and this video to find out more about digital-resource correlations.